Leading Lady of Inspiration Spotlight

Two weeks ago SOS Leadership hosted the 2nd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies at Concordia University Texas. That evening three finalists for the Kate Voth Award were recognized: Olivia Mayberry, Susan Patten, and Stephani Smolucha. These three ladies have made an incredible impact on the community and they are all leaders who make a difference! 

Olivia Mayberry is the Director of Human Resources for BuildASign.com, committed volunteer fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and a dedicated mentor for Communities in Schools.

Kendall Slagle said this, “Olivia has taught me that true leaders lead by example and give themselves to others both by serving them and by sharing knowledge, experience and advice.  Leaders are sincerely happy for the successes of others and take great joy seeing other people succeed.

One of the greatest qualities about Olivia is that despite her demanding schedule, when you sit down to talk with her she looks you straight in the eye and makes you feel like nothing else matters except for what you are saying at that moment. She is never too busy and your thought/question/or need is never too small or insignificant. To me, that is a great leader.”

Olivia said this, “I am passionate about coaching employees and managers to help them be the best that they can be so that they, too, can be fulfilled and happy in their careers. I am also aware that as a woman on the executive team of a predominately male company, it is important that I be an available resource and mentor to the up-and-coming young women professionals both at BuildASign.com and in the community.”

Olivia is truly a Leading Lady of Inspiration! 

About the Kate Voth Award ~  In 2013 at the 1st Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies, SOS Leadership presented the Leading Lady of Inspiration Award to Kate Voth. Kate was an incredible leader, a woman of optimism, strength, and courage. She was a leader in every sense of the word, and she inspired every person who met her. On June 1, 2013, less than three months after we honored her and were moved by her emotional speech, Kate passed away at age 27 after a valiant battle with cancer. There is a hole in all of our hearts, and yet her powerful leadership legacy lives on. Thus, we have renamed the Leading Lady of Inspiration Award the Kate Voth Award in honor of one of the most inspiring leaders we’ve ever known. 

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